Steps to do Parsvakonasana or Lateral Angle Posture & Its Benefits

Parsvakonasana derives its name from Sanskrit where “Parsva” means “Lateral”, “Kona” means “angle” and “Asana” means “Pose”.

In Parsvakonasana, the body forms an angle on the lateral side of the body and hence the name Parsvakonasana.

Parsvakonasana or Lateral Angle Posture stretches the lateral muscles of the body thereby increasing the flexibility and strength.

Steps to Do Performing Parsvakonasana or Lateral Angle Posture

Steps to Do Performing Parsvakonasana or Lateral Angle Posture

Following are the technique or the steps to do Parsvakonasana or Lateral Angle Posture:

  • Stand erect with the heels together and a little space between the toes.
  • While performing Parsvakonasana or Lateral Angle Posture, expand the chest and drop the shoulders to a relaxed position and keep your neck straight.
  • While inhaling, take the right feet away from the left feet to around 3-4 inches. Both the feet should be parallel to each other
  • Next step to do Parsvakonasana or Lateral Angle Posture involves turning your right foot towards the right side at ninety degrees without turning your body to the right.
  • Bend the right knee in such a way that the right thigh is parallel to the ground.
  • While exhaling, bend your right hand to touch the right feet with fingers together in such a way that the right side of the body touches the right thigh.
  • While practicing Parsvakonasana or Lateral Angle Posture, take your left hand up in such a way that your biceps touch the left ear.
  • Keep the arms straight and look the left hand upwards.
  • This is the final position of Parsvakonasana or Lateral Angle Posture.
  • Maintain normal breathing in this position for 20-30 seconds.
  • To come back in the original position, bring your left hand back to touch the left thigh while inhaling and right hand back to stand straight.
  • While exhaling, bring your legs together.
  • Practice Parsvakonasana or Lateral Angle Posture 4-5 times by changing sides i.e. – on both left and right sides.

Benefits of Parsvakonasana or Lateral Angle Posture

  • Parsvakonasana or Lateral Angle Posture is beneficial in relieving menstrual discomfort.
  • It is said to cure Infertility.
  • Strengthening of Hip, knee, ankle, and shoulder is done with regular practice of Parsvakonasana or Lateral Angle Posture.
  • Parsvakonasana creates traction in spine which helps in nourishing vertebral discs.
  • It strengthens the abdominal orders thereby increasing the stamina of the body.
  • It is said to cure Osteoporosis.
  • One of the benefits of Parsvakonasana or Lateral Angle Posture is that it helps in getting rid of Sciatica.
  • Parsvakonasana is very beneficial for people with lower back pain.
  • Regular practice of Parsvakonasana or Lateral Angle Posture is said to be beneficial in relieving Constipation.

Precautions While Performing Parsvakonasana or Lateral Angle Posture

  • Insomniac people should not perform Parsvakonasana or Lateral Angle Posture
  • People with High and Low blood pressure should not perform Parsvakonasana
  • Parsvakonasana or Lateral Angle Posture should not be practiced by people with headache.
  • If you have severe neck problems like cervical etc. do not turn your head, instead look straight and keep your neck long.

Tips While Performing Parsvakonasana or Lateral Angle Posture

  • While performing Parsvakonasana or Lateral Angle Posture it is very important to do it in proper alignment.
  • Always try and start building the pose from ground by fixing you toe and then knee and thigh and then move up to place your hands. You should practice the asana from ground up.
  • Always align your knee in the direction of your toe otherwise the alignment will be incorrect and the desired results won’t be achieved.
  • As you start practicing the advanced pose, the body tends to come forward instead of being in line, thus unbalancing the pose.

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